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(CNBC)   If Apple continues on its current trajectory, it could wind up at $1 trillion. If it uses Apple Maps, it could wind up at a gas station in Botswana   (cnbc.com) divider line 54
    More: Obvious, Botswana, Sean Parker, big data, market capitalization  
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2012-09-25 11:39:13 AM  
If I were a betting man, I'd short that stock.
 
2012-09-25 11:40:09 AM  
Oh, and oblig.

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2012-09-25 11:58:14 AM  
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Splat!
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Dude, I'm freaking out.
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2012-09-25 12:02:22 PM  

Walker: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Splat!
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Dude, I'm freaking out.
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Meh, those are bad examples of problems. Google Earth has had the same deal millions of times, and I think they go in and hand tune those as they come up.
The real problem is the out of date map data which leads to crappy directions.


/ I'm kind of surprised the Eiffel Tower wasn't one Apple hand tuned beforehand though.
 
2012-09-25 12:02:48 PM  
Can't it just beep louder as it gets closer to a Starbucks or sumpin'?
 
2012-09-25 12:02:59 PM  
Oil companies will break it first
 
2012-09-25 12:36:47 PM  
Take some of that mountain of cash and acquire Garmin.

Problem solved.
 
2012-09-25 12:42:55 PM  
I chuckled at this headline. I'm a sucker for Botswana references.
 
2012-09-25 12:52:25 PM  
media.tumblr.com
 
2012-09-25 01:07:31 PM  

serial_crusher: Meh, those are bad examples of problems. Google Earth has had the same deal millions of times, and I think they go in and hand tune those as they come up.



I never saw anything that bad with Google Maps/Earth.  The worst I saw is maybe two tiles not lined up by a few pixels, or blurriness in some spots.
 
2012-09-25 01:07:49 PM  

GooberMcFly: [media.tumblr.com image 420x277]


OLIVER
 
2012-09-25 01:33:18 PM  

Walker: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
i.dailymail.co.uk


To be fair to Apple, Google Earth's picture of the Hoover Dam has the same thing going on.
 
2012-09-25 01:40:54 PM  

downstairs: serial_crusher: Meh, those are bad examples of problems. Google Earth has had the same deal millions of times, and I think they go in and hand tune those as they come up.


I never saw anything that bad with Google Maps/Earth.  The worst I saw is maybe two tiles not lined up by a few pixels, or blurriness in some spots.


The Surrealist Bridges of Google Earth
 
2012-09-25 01:53:03 PM  

RexTalionis: Walker: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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To be fair to Apple, Google Earth's picture of the Hoover Dam has the same thing going on.


Isn't that because the Department of Homeland Pants Wetting wanted it removed in case terrorists used it to plan an attack?
 
2012-09-25 01:57:43 PM  
I'm kind of thinking some clever person should build some giant non-melting clocks in real life, but build them out over geography that makes Apple turn them into a recreation of The Persistence of Time.

Would be expensive, but I can think of worse things government art grants have been spent on.
 
2012-09-25 02:25:56 PM  

serial_crusher: The real problem is the out of date map data which leads to crappy directions.


It's not just old maps. The Dupont Circle metro station in DC has been in the same location for decades, and Apple has it a block away from where it actually is:

Where Apple thinks Dupont Circle North is:
img32.imageshack.us

Where it actually is:
img338.imageshack.us
 
2012-09-25 02:35:27 PM  
sharetv.org

"Botswaaaanaaa!"
 
2012-09-25 02:48:56 PM  

serial_crusher: downstairs: serial_crusher: Meh, those are bad examples of problems. Google Earth has had the same deal millions of times, and I think they go in and hand tune those as they come up.


I never saw anything that bad with Google Maps/Earth.  The worst I saw is maybe two tiles not lined up by a few pixels, or blurriness in some spots.

The Surrealist Bridges of Google Earth


Ok, cool.

Is there some specific reason this happens to bridges so often?
 
2012-09-25 02:53:07 PM  

Bladel: Take some of that mountain of cash and acquire Garmin.

Problem solved.


Please...no. They make great aviation GPS devices.
 
2012-09-25 02:53:24 PM  

downstairs: Is there some specific reason this happens to bridges so often?


Presumably they're using 2d satellite photos as textures for a 3d model of the surface. But sometimes that model doesn't have the bridge (or only part of it). So what you're seeing is a photo of a bridge projected on to the rocks under it.
 
2012-09-25 02:54:25 PM  

downstairs: Is there some specific reason this happens to bridges so often?


The software paints the imagery onto a surface defined using topographical data. Bridges are above the topography so when you squish them down to earth, it looks surreal.
 
2012-09-25 03:01:00 PM  
I would have thought they call it "petrol" in Botswana.
 
2012-09-25 03:02:46 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: downstairs: Is there some specific reason this happens to bridges so often?

The software paints the imagery onto a surface defined using topographical data. Bridges are above the topography so when you squish them down to earth, it looks surreal.


(and MrEricSir)
 

Huh.  Cool.  Learn something new every day.
 
2012-09-25 03:13:28 PM  
Apple: Still not included in the DOW.
 
2012-09-25 03:14:24 PM  

oldfarthenry: Can't it just beep louder as it gets closer to a Starbucks or sumpin'?


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-09-25 03:19:04 PM  

Lsherm: serial_crusher: The real problem is the out of date map data which leads to crappy directions.

It's not just old maps. The Dupont Circle metro station in DC has been in the same location for decades, and Apple has it a block away from where it actually is:

Where Apple thinks Dupont Circle North is:
[img32.imageshack.us image 250x375]

Where it actually is:
[img338.imageshack.us image 400x415]


I don't need no Apple map to navigate my way around DC. I played Fallout 3! I know exactly what DuPont Circle looks like.

images1.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-09-25 03:20:21 PM  
buttcoin.org

If these trends continue.... AYYYYYYYY!
 
2012-09-25 03:24:13 PM  

GooberMcFly: [media.tumblr.com image 420x277]


If you aren't paying attention, it looks like Hammond parked in that lake to avoid THE WORLD IS ON FIRE!!!

Then your eyes focus, and you can see it's just tall grass.
 
2012-09-25 03:25:15 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe: I don't need no Apple map to navigate my way around DC. I played Fallout 3! I know exactly what DuPont Circle looks like.


That was a great game...
 
2012-09-25 03:34:20 PM  
I'm actually enjoying the Apple map jokes. At least they are somewhat original.

/been using the turn by turn in Apple maps for almost a month now and frankly shocked on how well they've worked
//behind google in most other areas tho
 
2012-09-25 03:52:12 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Apple: Still not included in the DOW.


The high share price of Apple will always preclude it from being considered part of the DJIA.
 
2012-09-25 04:02:20 PM  

zedster: GooberMcFly: [media.tumblr.com image 420x277]

OLIVER


He's got a cold!
 
2012-09-25 04:26:15 PM  

beer4breakfast: HotIgneous Intruder: Apple: Still not included in the DOW.

The high share price of Apple will always preclude it from being considered part of the DJIA.


Too elitist, right?
 
2012-09-25 05:21:45 PM  

Lsherm: serial_crusher: The real problem is the out of date map data which leads to crappy directions.

It's not just old maps. The Dupont Circle metro station in DC has been in the same location for decades, and Apple has it a block away from where it actually is:

Where Apple thinks Dupont Circle North is:


Where it actually is:


And before someone says "big deal", note that DC is a complete mindf*ck of a city for newcomers. "One block off" might as well be "one mile off".
 
2012-09-25 05:23:23 PM  
Consumer drones consume, film at 11.
 
2012-09-25 05:24:13 PM  

Rev. Skarekroe:
I don't need no Apple map to navigate my way around DC. I played Fallout 3! I know exactly what DuPont Circle looks like.

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x637]


God, that was just a fugly-ass game (even for the time)...
 
2012-09-25 05:33:23 PM  
The largest problem with the Apple maps I've found so far is that, at least in the Seattle area, it doesn't show anything for traffic (on my iPad 2). That's pretty bad.
 
2012-09-25 05:47:46 PM  
They'll make it because they're too big to fail - not financially, but egotistically. A lot of people's self-image is completely reliant on being seen carrying the latest Apple device.

Microsoft's mistake was trying to provide the business community with real solutions to actual problems. Apple avoided that hazard by concentrating solely on providing the consumer market with shiny solutions to non-existent problems.
 
2012-09-25 06:20:09 PM  
trippdogg: That may be the best summary of Apple vs Microsoft I've ever seen written down. +1 sir.
 
2012-09-25 06:24:06 PM  
serial_crusher: downstairs: serial_crusher: Meh, those are bad examples of problems. Google Earth has had the same deal millions of times, and I think they go in and hand tune those as they come up.


I never saw anything that bad with Google Maps/Earth. The worst I saw is maybe two tiles not lined up by a few pixels, or blurriness in some spots.

The Surrealist Bridges of Google Earth


Automated 3d terrain mapping is a crap-shoot, no matter who does it (bridges generally aren't in elevation data).
 
2012-09-25 06:25:06 PM  
The biggest problem I see with Apple maps is the inconsistency. Certain places look great. Do a flyover of the Las Vegas Strip with the 3D buildings turned on. Really cool. Unfortunately, there's only a handful of places that work like that. Most of the "3D" I've seen is just the regular satellite map tilted back. Lame.
 
2012-09-25 06:29:04 PM  
Fish in a Barrel: The software paints the imagery onto a surface defined using topographical data. Bridges are above the topography so when you squish them down to earth, it looks surreal.

It's almost like, they're melting into the terrain below.

contrerashousefineart.com
 
2012-09-25 08:01:32 PM  
FTA: "it has rolled over almost every company in its path, first with music players, then with cellphones and, more recently, with laptops"

I've just came back to school after 3 years working overseas (the Middle East, don't ask). I know students always sort of liked Apple stuff, and I used to own a Powerbook myself, but it seems like 3/4 of the laptops people have open in any given class are Macbooks. The number I've seen has surprised me. I hadn't realize they'd gotten that popular.
 
2012-09-25 10:43:41 PM  
FTA Apple could become the first company ever to be valued at $1 trillion. (Yes, you read that correctly: the number one, followed by 12 zeros.)

Apparently I didn't read it correctly, because I don't see a single goddamn zero.
 
2012-09-25 11:08:54 PM  

Babwa Wawa: If I were a betting man, I'd short that stock.


Now might be about the right time, but you'd better off shorting FB if you like your tech plays. FB is just a month away from an almost certain 10-20% fall. Shorting Apple will almost certainly pay off at some point in time, but nobody knows when that will be. Right now, it only looks like their cash mountain will continue to grow.
 
2012-09-26 04:18:25 AM  

ryant123: FTA: "it has rolled over almost every company in its path, first with music players, then with cellphones and, more recently, with laptops"

I've just came back to school after 3 years working overseas (the Middle East, don't ask). I know students always sort of liked Apple stuff, and I used to own a Powerbook myself, but it seems like 3/4 of the laptops people have open in any given class are Macbooks. The number I've seen has surprised me. I hadn't realize they'd gotten that popular.


The amusing thing to me is that they are throwing away so money on a computer. All most students do is pirate, post pictures on facebook, and write papers. A cheap toshiba will do that, and leave more money for booze and weed.
 
2012-09-26 05:46:43 AM  
Apple.

An "American company" with 40,000 employees in the US that employs over a quarter of a million contract laborers overseas at slave wages. Oh, that also has almost a trillion dollars in the bank...

No thanks. Apple is EXACTLY what's wrong with American business
 
2012-09-26 08:12:28 AM  

lordargent: serial_crusher: downstairs: serial_crusher: Meh, those are bad examples of problems. Google Earth has had the same deal millions of times, and I think they go in and hand tune those as they come up.


I never saw anything that bad with Google Maps/Earth. The worst I saw is maybe two tiles not lined up by a few pixels, or blurriness in some spots.

The Surrealist Bridges of Google Earth


Automated 3d terrain mapping is a crap-shoot, no matter who does it (bridges generally aren't in elevation data).


And to be fair, I don't think anyone was using Google Earth as directions to get from point A to point B. Also, the 3D view in Apple Maps won't be used that way either. So yeah, I'm giving Apple a pass on the whole funky 3-D images thing as it's fun and shiny to look at, but not really useful at this point.

But now, their map data on the other hand...

Unlike everything else Apple does, this puts Apple in the content creation business (creating the data and maintaining it for maps), which is something they have no experience at. It'll be interesting to see if they actually go out and invest in the hardware to get better data (like the google cars) instead of just buying out datasets with old and questionable data. And yes, their current datasets for the US are generally okay (and I assume they are perfectly good around Cupertino), but for a lot of other countries, they are a complete mess. And the fact that noone at Apple caught this (or worse, cared about it) is pretty telling.
 
2012-09-26 10:33:10 AM  

GooberMcFly: [media.tumblr.com image 420x277]


That was when I learned how useful rifles were for repairing cars.
 
2012-09-26 02:40:21 PM  
Hooray for FOXCONN

Hooray for our imperious economy
 
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